Here are 5 things you should know.
1. Here is why flight attendants ask you to open the window shades before takeoff and landing.
In addition, they always turn off the lights in the cabin at this time. This is so that the human eye can get used to the level of light outside the cabin. In case of an emergency situation and an urgent need to leave the cabin, it is very important that the person can immediately orient himself to his surroundings outside the plane and not wait for his eyes to become accustomed to bright light or darkness.
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3. Two very common products that can and will seriously injure you.
Sadly, some online stores have poor moderation. There are a lot of products on there that can, and will, hurt you. Here is a list of some of them.
These products claim to be safe, and are sold thousands of times a day, but can be dangerous.
1. All laser pointers or devices with lasers not made by reputable companies.
The most powerful safe laser is 5 milliwatts, and even that can cause eye damage if stared into. Lasers will claim they are 5 mW, but they can actually be between 30 and 250 mW. Green lasers will also emit infrared, which can destroy your eyesight while being invisible. Any laser above 5 mW will cause permanent eye damage before you can blink. It’s not just laser pointers, laser thermometers, or laser house decorations, anything with lasers can have this problem.
2. All costume jewelry marked with an age restriction (12+, 14+, etc), and almost everything else, no matter how you got it.
Children’s jewelry is (very poorly) regulated. Adult jewelry is not. By putting an age restriction on it, they can sell whatever horribly contaminated crap they want without it being illegal. Items without age restrictions are not always safe, but any time you see one, it is always contaminated.
Cadmium contents can be up to 80%, that is, 4/5 of the jewelry is cadmium. Paparazzi jewelry is notorious for this, but any company that buys jewelry from the same suppliers will also be contaminated. If your child eats 80% cadmium, they are likely going to die.
Lead can also be present, in the same high concentrations, although this is less likely. Again, if your child eats 80% lead, they are dead.
Antimony and nickel could be present too.
For other products: see https://globalrecalls.oecd.org/. If something is banned in 1 country due to safety, it’s not magically safe in other countries, despite what companies want you to think.
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5. Xylitol, a known toxin to dogs, is now being listed as “birch sugar” in products like peanut butter and candy.
Xylitol AKA “birch sugar” is incredibly toxic to dogs, and it’s used in a handful of products as a sugar substitute, including peanut butter and ice cream.
Because of its low glycemic index and plaque fighting properties, we’re seeing xylitol/birch sugar appear much more prevalently in food products.
Even in small doses, xylitol/birch sugar can cause liver failure and death in dogs. Most dog owners know to check labels for xylitol, but they might not know that birch sugar is the same thing.